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School To Employment Program

The School to Employment Program (S.T.E.P.) is a community partnership founded in 2002 between Parkview Medical Center and School District 70. Our mission is to generate a quality academic experience and provide  observation opportunities which will confirm a student’s desire to pursue a career in healthcare.


  • Apply spring semester junior year in high school. Applications available through school counselor  
  • Must have a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher and be in good standings within the school setting before granted an interview
  • If chosen,  rotation is  Mon.-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. during the Fall semester, 18 weeks at 9 weeks, if interested, student will be eligible to apply for an internship Spring Semester. If selected, second semester students will report to their mentor in the designated area as an intern.
  • Complete 20 hours of volunteer time in the Parkteen Program the summer before rotation starts, coordinated by Stacy Cristelli. 
  • Medical Terminology Class on-line, fall semester only regardless of assigned rotation and semester (waived if student has taken course).
  • 2020 Applications due March 19, 2020, Thursday before Spring Break.


  • Receive 128 observation hours within the completed semester, to include the summer hours
  • Awarded a letter grade from home D70 high school along with credits from Pueblo Community College upon completion of the semester
  • Pre & post testing through Precision Exams with potential to earn a Certificate of Proficiency from the National Consortium for Health Science Education
    • Students currently take NCHSE National Consortium for Health Science Education Exam 
    • Plant Operations students will take a Career Skills Certification Exam specific to the industry. 
  • Reimbursement available for qualified programs in 19 areas of Healthcare Science through D70 HB16-1289, see school counselor.
  • Guaranteed interview for employment at Parkview Medical Center, upon graduation from high school, if minimum qualifications are met.  
  • Graduate amongst an elite group of students who have completed the STEP Program since 2003.
  • Confirm desire to work in the medical field.

Stacy Cristelli

Stacy Cristelli

Community Relations Program Coordinator

Healthcare Education

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